Surrender a Pet

Pets Accepted

We accept dogs, cats, and other small domestic pets. We are not equipped to shelter livestock, wild animals or exotic pets. The Toledo Humane Society requires proof of ownership upon surrender. If you are not the owner, you must bring a signed note with a photocopy of the ID of the owner.

We cannot take stray dogs. Contact Lucas County Canine Care and Control at 419.213.2800 to report stray or lost dogs. We will accept friendly stray/abandoned cats and kittens. Please click the link below to learn more about what to do in the instance of finding abandoned or unweaned kittens. Stray cats/kittens need to be brought to the shelter during your scheduled appointment time. Please call 419.891.0705 for emergencies.

Abandoned/stray kitten information

Things to Know

  • Surrender fees are non-refundable.
  • Cost: $20 per cat, $40 per dog, and $5 per pocket pet.
  • Appointments aren’t always available. If all appointments are full, please check back on the first of each month.
  • Appointments take 30-40 minutes for cats and 45-55 minutes for dogs. Toledo Humane Society does not accept feral cats; shelter staff will provide alternative resources.
  • There may be instances where the Toledo Humane Society is unable to place animals up for adoption. Severe health and/or behavior issues may prevent animals from being adoptable. We are unable to take cats who are house soiling. In these instances, shelter staff will provide owners with alternative resources.
  • Ohio law requires any animal that has bitten and broken skin be quarantined for 10 days to observe for signs of rabies. Please contact Lucas County Canine Care and Control or your veterinarian for quarantine services.

The Process

Before Your Appointment

Once you have booked your appointment, you will want to prepare for your appointment date. Depending on the day and unforeseen circumstances, your appointment may take longer than expected so please make sure you have allowed yourself plenty of time on that day. If you are the owner and are unable to attend the appointment, the person taking your place must bring a written and signed confirmation that you are allowing them to surrender the pet in your place. Your driver license/ID will be required at the time of the appointment. We also strongly recommend that you bring a copy of your pet's medical history as well as any toys, beds, blankets, etc. that your pet may be attached to and that will help them adjust to the shelter environment.

When You Arrive

Please park in our main parking lot and make your way to the intake entrance on the side of the building. The entrance is a glass vestibule and the door will read "Intake." Please ring the doorbell next to the door and a staff member will be with you shortly. All animals must be contained, whether it be by a carrier or on a leash.


During the appointment, a staff member will sit down with you to go over all of your pet's physical, behavioral, and medical history. Once all the information is in our system we will take your pet to our clinic to perform a behavioral assessment to ensure that your pet will be able to be placed up for adoption through our organization. Due to the stress and high activity of the shelter, your pet may react differently in a shelter than they would in their home environment, therefore rehoming your pet through the shelter may not be the best suitable option for your pet. If your pet shows any sign of aggression during the behavioral assessment we may not be able to take the pet and you will be given alternate resources and suggestions. If your pet does pass the assessment, you will then sign our surrender contract, which then signs all rights over to the Toledo Humane Society.

Schedule Appointment

We are currently at capacity for cats and kittens, and unfortunately, we will have limited appointments opening on the 1st of the month. We will do our best to add additional appointments if slots become available. If you have an urgent concern, please email for more guidance. Appointments are on a first come first serve basis. If there are no more available appointments for the animal you are trying to surrender, an ERROR notification will pop up, please check back in the beginning of the month. While waiting for appointments to open up you can also place your pet up for adoption through the Rehome Pet Project, please scroll down for more information! ** If you are surrendering a stray cat please make sure you are taking the appropriate steps to find the owner before bringing the cat to THS (ask around your neighborhood, post found cat fliers, check your local "lost and found" facebook pages). Please visit our web page for more information on lost and found pets.


Rehoming your pet should be easy and stress-free both for you and your pet.

The Toledo Humane Society has partnered with the Rehome Pet Project. The experts at, the largest non-profit pet adoption website, with support from The Petco Foundation, have created a simple, reliable, free program to help you place your pet from your loving home directly to another.

Rehome Pet Project

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Lost and Found Pets

Whether you’ve lost your pet or found a stray, click here for a list of available resources to help you during this stressful time.

Lost and Found Pets